We want to connect with God when we gather as a church. Therefore, you could expect to hear the Bible read and songs sung about commitment to God. We also want to be focused on Jesus, God’s Son when we worship. We talk a lot about Jesus Christ at our church. This is because our main purpose at Forest Grove is to be transformed into people who are like Jesus. We also invite the Holy Spirit of God to be present in our lives in unique ways when we worship. The Holy Spirit helps us hear the Word of God in the Bible. We believe the Holy Spirit also helps us learn to live in community together. We call this covenant community. So, when we gather at Forest Grove, we listen to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we carefully read the Bible together and respond to what God says there in His Word.
Our Sunday corporate worship services at our Attridge location typically are about 80 – 90 minutes long. They start at different times during the year so make sure to check the “FGCC This Sunday” section of the website for this weeks service times.
Our services have a mixture of music, speaking, video, and sometimes drama and dance. Occasionally we have baptism and baby dedication components as well. Most of our music is contemporary and you can expect a full band to provide leadership (guitars, bass, drums, piano, vocalists, etc.). We value all styles and ages of music. Some of our songs are very new and some are very old, however, most of them have a contemporary feel.
About half way through our worship service, we invite children from 2 years old up to grade 6 to go to various kids oriented worship activities. This allows them to participate in part of an inter-generational service and to have something more designed for them.
Come at 10:30 to enjoy a cup of coffee (usually Roastery and sometimes Starbucks). Some times of the year we have a brunch. It is always a good time to meet some great people. Kids are welcome too. We have a “play mat” set up with toys and books.
OK, so we sit a bit funny…
After coffee/brunch we gather in two sections of chairs that face each other. In the middle is a large cross that reminds us to see each other through the eyes of Jesus. We want church to be more about “join me” than “watch me,” so we aim to focus on the cross (Jesus) and each other, rather than a stage front.
Our meeting time includes songs, readings, prayers, sharing as well as an interactive teaching time. Part way through our worship, we take a short break while the kids head to their own teaching time. Most others tend to grab another cup of coffee. Our teaching/discussion time follows ending around 12:15. Click HERE for more details about our current gatherings.